Exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to crime, terrorism, and targeting of LGBTI persons.
Violent crime, such as assault, sexual assault, express kidnapping, mugging, and carjacking, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.
Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Tanzania. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting embassies, police stations, mosques, and other places frequented by Westerners.
Members of the LGBTI community have been arrested, targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Tanzania:
- Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not leave your food or drink unattended.
- Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners.
- Avoid public displays of affection, in particular for same-sex couples.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Tanzania.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.